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Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium) Tours

Perched on a rocky precipice 11,716 feet (3,571 meters) above sea level, the Sphinx Observatory is a working lab with a large telescope. The landmark sits on Jungfraujoch peak, (known as the Top of Europe), and offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and beyond from its observation deck, one of the highest in Switzerland. 

The Basics
The labs and equipment in the observatory are not accessible to the public, but the building’s views are popular with visitors. Take a short elevator ride from the Jungfraujoch railway station, and spend an hour or two admiring the view and exploring the summit’s other attractions, including a gallery of ice sculptures and Snow Fun Park, which offers sledding, skiing and other cold-weather activities. Lastly, enjoy a snowy stroll to Mönchsjochhütte or a warming fondue in a mountaintop restaurant.

Book tickets to visit Jungfraujoch on a day trip, or join one of the guided tours of the area, which depart from major cities like Bern, Zurich, and Interlaken. Alternatively, visit the observatory on a multi-day package that takes you to various sites around the region. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sphinx Observatory viewing platform is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Dress warmly, even during the summer months—the peak has sub-zero temperatures all year round.
  • The journey to Jungfraujoch takes around two and a half hours, so plan a full day for your visit.
  • Jungfraujoch is an extremely popular attraction, so make sure to book your train and attraction tickets ahead of time.

How to Get There
You can reach Sphinx Hall on an elevator from Jungfraujoch station; the 354-foot (108-meter) ascent to the observation deck takes just 25 seconds. Jungfraujoch can only be reached by cogwheel train; begin at Interlaken Ost, change at either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, and then catch the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg. (A new cableway is scheduled to open in late 2020 and will reduce travel time significantly.)

When to Get There
The observation deck is open all year round and is accessible every day while the Jungfrau Railway is operating (from morning until early evening). Jungfraujoch is always teeming with tourists, so the earlier you go the better; the largest crowds assembling during the late morning and early afternoon. Clear, bright days afford the best views from the deck.

The Aletsch Glacier
Once you’ve enjoyed the sights and wintery activities at Jungfraujoch, head to another, often-overlooked mountain wonderland: the Aletsch Glacier. Located not far from Jungfraujoch, this UNESCO-listed landmark is the largest glacier in the Alps and boasts a beautiful, otherworldly landscape. Explore the area on a glacier walk, trek the Aletsch Glacier Trail, or hop on a cable car and enjoy stunning views.
Address: 3801 Fieschertal, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

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Enhance your experience of Jungfrau’s Alpine majesty on an exhilarating full-day excursion from Interlaken to the Top of Europe. Travel to Grindelwald and board a cogwheel train up the Jungfraujoch pass and arrive at Europe’s highest railway station, known as the 'Top of Europe'. Absorb magnificent panoramas of snow-capped Alpine spires; gaze at the jagged peak of Europe’s largest glacier; and explore a fairytale ice palace while enjoying illuminating commentary from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Interlaken

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Discover the majesty of the Swiss Alps on this private 8-hour guided tour to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. Explore the Swiss Alps with a private guide and enjoy the freedom to customize your tour to hit the highlights you most want to see. Travel through Lauterbrunnen to the pretty Alpine village of Wengen, home to the famous Lauberhorn downhill ski race each winter. Take the Jungfrau Railway through the Swiss Alps to Jungfraujoch and admire fine views over the soaring peaks. Perhaps visit the ice cave or the Lindt chocolate shop.
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  • 8 hours
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Small Group Tour from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Small Group Tour from Interlaken

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A must for a visit in Switzerland is Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousander peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 metres (11,371 ft) above sea level. It’s part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch area, belonging to the Unesco world heritage site. A aerial cableway and a coghwheel train connects the Jungfraujoch with Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Since 1912, this fantastic glacier world is accessible by coghwheel train. The tour begins with the travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald, where the Jungfrau aerial gondola starts. It is a varied tour with a constantly changing landscape up to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe with the highest train station in Europe. At the Top of Europe, your guide will take you on a tour through the attractions like the Sphinx terrace, the viewing platform, the Alpine sensation exhibition and the Ice cave. The building include several panoramic restaurants and shops.
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  • 7 hours
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe by Helicopter and hotel pick up one way

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe by Helicopter and hotel pick up one way

Land amongst snow-covered peaks on a helicopter ride to Jungfraujoch—the “Top of Europe.” A helicopter transfer is not only majestic, it also gives you a unique aerial view of the mountaintop that you can’t get any other way. By choosing a one-way helicopter transfer, visitors who want to do it all can experience both the flight and the iconic train ride. Plus, you can enjoy ample time exploring the mountaintop station.
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Jungfraujoch 20 Min. scenic flight from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch 20 Min. scenic flight from Interlaken

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They attract us like a magnet, the magical three mountains: Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau. This impressive helicopter tour takes you through the Grindelwald valley over the Männlichen ski area to the Eigernordwand. Follow the Mittellegigrat along the Eiger south side to the breathtaking Jungfraujoch ("Top of Europe"). Via Silberhorn and Wengen you will fly back to the Heliport Gsteigwiler.
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  • 20 minutes
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Jungfraujoch helicopter flight one way

Jungfraujoch helicopter flight one way

Beautiful airfield situated in the Bernese Oberland amid unspoilt nature, breathtaking mountains scenery and glacier. Our helicopter base in Gsteigwiler is located very close to Interlaken. From here you can take exclusivly with us the helicopter direct flight up to the mountain Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe). You can enjoy your time on the mountain Jungfraujoch and make your journey back on your own by train. We can organize you the train ticket and also the shuttle transfer to the helicopter base in Gsteigwiler. Don't hesitate to ask us for more flight options and extra services. the helicopter flight is up or down at about 13: 30-14 clock
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Jungfraujoch Day tour from Interlaken by limo, train and helicopter

Jungfraujoch Day tour from Interlaken by limo, train and helicopter

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For a Jungfraujoch experience offering unparalleled panoramic views, don't miss this private tour from Interlaken. Your scenic Swiss Alps experience starts with hassle-free hotel pickup by limousine—for you and up to five of your personal guests—for a quick transfer to the heliport. You're whisked into the air on a helicopter ride offering views of the Bernese Alps, and relax on the easy train journey back to Interlaken.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Self-Guided Tour: Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe from Interlaken

Self-Guided Tour: Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe from Interlaken

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Home to soaring peaks and sheer valleys, the Jungfraujoch region is widely considered the prettiest corner of the Swiss countryside—but the rugged terrain makes exploring a challenge. On this tour, tackle steep climbs by cogwheel railway, discover natural features including ice caves and the Staubbach waterfall, and gaze over Kleine Scheidegg to Germany’s Black Forest. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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  • 7 hours
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Self-Guided Tour: Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Self-Guided Tour: Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

This is a self-guided tour. You travel independent the classic "round trip" from your starting point via Interlaken to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, the outbount journey via Lauterbrunnen, the return travel via Grindelwald and Interlaken back to your origin destination. With our detailed travel instructions you travel according your preferences, you may stop whereever you want (Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch) and enjoy the views at a specific point as long as you prefer. You will get the travel booklet and all necessary personalized tickets by e-mail after your booking - no mobile device necessary during the tour.
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  • 12 hours
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